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South African political landscape

Joint media statement about South African political landscape by Roelf Meyer and Bantu Holomisa of the UDM and Tony Leon of the Democratic Party The leaders of the DP and the UDM held a meeting during the past week in which an overview of the present political situation in the country was undertaken. Both parties [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:39+02:00December 15th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Political Realignment|Comments Off on South African political landscape

Court case against UDM Pretoria Councillors

joint media statement by the UDM and the NP The National Party (NP) and the United Democratic Movement (UDM) have jointly decided that the pending court case regarding the UDM members who have resigned from the NP whilst retaining their elected positions on the Pretoria City Council, not be proceeded with. It is a joint [...]

2014-08-21T12:46:06+02:00December 10th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Court case against UDM Pretoria Councillors

The challenges facing South Africa as we approach the New Millennium

presented by Mr Bantu Holomisa, UDM Co-leader, at the South African Institute of Race Relations, Johannesburg In the letter of invitation which I received from the Institute of Race Relations, it is stated that the United Democratic Movement (UDM) is attracting much media attention. The UDM on the other hand feels that scant attention is [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:39+02:00December 10th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Economy, Speeches|Comments Off on The challenges facing South Africa as we approach the New Millennium

Blanket amnesty for top ANCs

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The Amnesty Committee of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has now asked legal opinion on its decision to grant amnesty to Mr Thabo Mbeki and 36 other top ANC officials. Since granting amnesty, the Committee has not informed the nation for which human rights transgressions these amnesties were [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:39+02:00December 9th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Blanket amnesty for top ANCs

TRC hearing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The past two weeks’ hearing before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has revealed a number of things ‘that went horribly wrong’ during the time of Ms Madikizela-Mandela’s association with the so-called Mandela United Football Club. Details aside, our country now demands clear reaction from [...]

2014-08-21T13:18:59+02:00December 5th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on TRC hearing of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Medium-term budget policy statement by Minister Manuel

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The release of Finance Minister Trevor Manuel’s medium-term budget policy statement has introduced a new, transparent direction for South African fiscal policy. For this he needs to be congratulated. Although all the news is not encouraging, especially the scaled-down forecast for growth of the GDP, the opening up [...]

2014-08-21T13:21:54+02:00December 3rd, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Medium-term budget policy statement by Minister Manuel

Concern about murders on farms

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The alarming regularity with which farming people are attacked and murdered has long since reached critical proportions. The possibility mooted by President Mandela last week that the atrocities may be committed by wild elements formerly belonging to MK, was a frank admission opening up a possibility of ending [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:39+02:00December 3rd, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Concern about murders on farms

Jobs summit: acclaim for breakthrough

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer The UDM is extremely grateful for the agreement reached at Nedlac on the presidential jobs summit planned for the second quarter of 1998. We have taken note of the two phased approach towards the summit and the follow-up phase envisaged. Although proper planning is essential, it is a [...]

2014-08-21T13:27:19+02:00December 1st, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Economy, Issues, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Jobs summit: acclaim for breakthrough

Zuma’s final straw

statement by Bantu Holomisa The finding by the Public Protector that Minister Zuma had made some misleading or exaggerated claims about the cost of medicines in South Africa in an apparent bid to justify her medicines bills, is a further infringement by a minister that is now really overstaying her welcome. With this, Minister Zuma has misled [...]

2014-08-21T13:31:14+02:00November 25th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Zuma’s final straw

Futile summit by opposition parties

statement issued by Roelf Meyer Over the recent past, the idea of closer co-operation between opposition parties in our country, has been mooted a couple of times. This idea has to be exposed for the futile exercise in hopelessness it essentially is now that the NP has announced plans to hold such a summit early [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:39+02:00November 24th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Issues, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment|Comments Off on Futile summit by opposition parties

Meyer and Holomisa hold rally in KwaMhlanga

statement by UDM Media Manager The quiet of the late Sunday morning in Kwaggafontein near KwaMhlanga (Mpumalanga) was shattered today by the beating of drums, rhythmic singing and ululating women when Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer visited the rural highveld area of Mpumalanga for a rally in the local stadium. 700 supporters from the area, [...]

2014-08-21T13:35:53+02:00November 23rd, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Issues, Rural Development and Land Reform|Comments Off on Meyer and Holomisa hold rally in KwaMhlanga

Roelf Meyer visits PW Botha

statement by UDM Media Manager on behalf of Roelf Meyer This morning I visited Mr PW Botha at his home in Wilderness. It was a private visit that was already arranged two months ago to coincide with my visit to the Southern Cape and Mr Botha's availability. The visit had no connection with Mr Botha's [...]

2014-08-21T13:38:22+02:00November 20th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Roelf Meyer visits PW Botha

Freedom Front leader joins UDM

statement by UDM Media Manager A regional leader of the Freedom Front, Mr Danie Theron, has resigned and joined the UDM of Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer. He was chairman of the Pretoria South East Region of the FF. His decision, he said, was based on the increasing racialisation of our politics and the fact [...]

2014-08-21T13:41:34+02:00November 16th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Freedom Front leader joins UDM

ANC’s disinformation campaign against the UDM

statement by UDM Media Manager  Gauteng MEC Ms Jessie Duarte has accused the UDM of being involved in violence on the East and West Rand and implicated the party with training paramilitary units. This is, of course, utter nonsense. The UDM is a democratic party. We reject violence in all forms as means to obtain [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:39+02:00November 5th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on ANC’s disinformation campaign against the UDM

ANC allegations against Holomisa

statement by Bantu Holomisa The ANC has now, as I predicted yesterday, accused the UDM and me of all sorts of anti-democratic activities in Gauteng, and specifically Phola Park. The UDM, and Holomisa, reject these accusations in the strongest possible terms for the utter nonsense they represent. The UDM is a political party, striving to [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:39+02:00November 4th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on ANC allegations against Holomisa

UDM: New Party Structures

Statement  by UDM Interim National Management Committee of the UDM The Interim National Management Committee of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) met for the first time yesterday, after the launch of the party on 27 September 1997. At the meeting, a number of issues were discussed. Provinces reported back on progress made during the first [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:39+02:00November 4th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM: New Party Structures

Student turmoil at Parliament

statement by Roelf Meyer The incident where students voiced their grievances from the parliamentary gallery, displayed a crudeness and an unacceptable lack of discipline that the UDM repudiates in the strongest terms. This is exactly the kind of counter-productive and repellent behaviour which actually does a disservice to the cause of the perpetrators. What is [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:39+02:00October 28th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Student turmoil at Parliament

Unsuccessful coup d’etat in Zambia

statement issued by UDM Media Manager The UDM supports the Government wholeheartedly in its condemnation of the attempted coup d'etat in Zambia. In a democracy, there should be no other option of changing government, than through the ballot. The UDM will always assist towards establishing and supporting democracy as wide as possible, both nationally and [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:39+02:00October 28th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Unsuccessful coup d’etat in Zambia

UDM Rally in Rustenburg

statement by Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer In Rustenburg this afternoon, Bantu Holomisa and Roelf Meyer, joint leaders of the UDM, addressed 3 000 supporters at a rally organised by the North West provincial structures of the UDM. Amidst cheering and numerous vivas! from the crowd, Holomisa stressed the importance of the UDM’s economic policy [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:39+02:00October 26th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM Rally in Rustenburg

The integrity of the new party

statement by Roelf Meyer The new political party to be launched on 27 September will endeavour to designate the problem of civil order as one of the highest priority for South Africa. This would include making our society criminal-hostile to the greatest possible extent, rooting out corruption and fostering national moral regeneration. In order to [...]

2014-08-21T13:55:29+02:00September 16th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on The integrity of the new party

Van Schalkwyk’s remarks re the NMP

statement by NMP Media Manager (09 September 1997) At his media conference today, newly elected NP leader Marthinus van Schalkwyk remarked that the NMP had issued a statement to the effect that the new party to be launched on September 27, will not reveal its name, policy or leader at the founding congress. This is, [...]

2014-01-27T13:47:00+02:00September 9th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on Van Schalkwyk’s remarks re the NMP

UDM: Preparatory conference: 30 August 1997

 statement issued by NMP Media Manager Representatives of the provincial co-ordinating structures and the national office of the New Movement Process met in Bloemfontein yesterday for a national preparatory conference to report back on the country-wide consultation process and to prepare for the launch of the new party on September 27, 1997. The conference marked [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:40+02:00August 31st, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on UDM: Preparatory conference: 30 August 1997

Retirement of Mr FW de Klerk

statement by Roelf Meyer The announcement by Mr FW de Klerk came as quite a surprise. Together with the whole of South Africa, we want to thank him today for the courage and vision that he displayed in 1990, which have helped to lift our country out of the rut of the past and put [...]

2014-08-21T13:59:58+02:00August 26th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Retirement of Mr FW de Klerk

NP legal action against Pretoria councillors

statement issued by NMP Media Manager The following observations can be made regarding court procedures started by the National Party against the 8 Pretoria councillors who have joined the New Movement Process: It is contravening the policy of the NP, namely that provision must be made in the Constitution allowing elected representatives to exercise their [...]

2014-08-21T14:25:03+02:00August 22nd, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM, Political Realignment|Comments Off on NP legal action against Pretoria councillors

Meetings with the UCDP

statement by NMP Media Manager The Technical Committee of the New Movement Process, the National Consultative Forum and the United Christian Democratic Party has met for a few times and has now completed its assignment according to its mandate. The NMP and NCF have taken note of the fact that the UCDP is holding a [...]

2014-08-21T14:29:14+02:00August 19th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Meetings with the UCDP

Growth of the NMP

statement by NMP Media Manager Over the past weeks, there has been a spate of elected officials of political parties voicing their support for the New Movement Process. For this we are extremely grateful and excited, because it is a sure indication that the political process we have embarked upon, speaks to the hearts and [...]

2014-08-21T14:35:15+02:00August 13th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Growth of the NMP

First local council with NMP majority: Graaff-Reinet

statement by NMP Spokesperson Five councillors serving on the Graaff-Reinet Transitional Representative Council, pledged their support to the New Movement Process yesterday. In this council, 5 of the 6 members are now supporting the NMP, making the New Movement Process the majority grouping in the TRC. It is therefore the first local council in the [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:40+02:00August 12th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on First local council with NMP majority: Graaff-Reinet

NMP Consultative meeting in Rustenburg

The New Movement Process (NMP) held a successful consultative meeting at the Rustenburg golf club on Saturday. 120 Delegates from all over the North West Province attended, including former members of the ANC, PAC, UCDP (United Christian Democratic Party), PPP (People’s Progressive Party) and NP. The delegates represented a true cross-section of the population. Mr [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:40+02:00August 11th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives|Comments Off on NMP Consultative meeting in Rustenburg

Media statement by 9 National Party members who joined New Movement Process

We nine members of the Pilanesberg region of the National Party have decided to resign from the NP and join the New Movement Process of Mr Roelf Meyer.; We believe in co-operative government as defined in our Constitution; we want to support a party that belongs in the new South Africa, a non-racial party inspired [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:40+02:00July 30th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Media statement by 9 National Party members who joined New Movement Process

Reaction: NP’s determination to sue

statement by Pretoria Councillors of the New Movement Process We have taken note of the National Party’s determination to take us to court on not resigning from the CCP since leaving the party. We are, however, pleased to note that proceedings will not start immediately, and that the opportunity still exist for resolving the issues [...]

2014-08-21T14:42:11+02:00July 28th, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Media statements: UDM|Comments Off on Reaction: NP’s determination to sue

COMRADES IN CORRUPTION I

Holomisa reacts to ANC leadership booklet titled "The rise and fall of Bantu Holomisa" ANC:"When journalists ask Holomisa whether his "new party" will be to the left or right of the ANC they are met with a blank stare." Holomisa: "This is not surprising, if one is engaged in a process of consultation. However, how can [...]

2016-10-26T08:39:40+02:00July 1st, 1997|1997 Archive, Archives, Discussion Documents|Comments Off on COMRADES IN CORRUPTION I